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Diversity Studies students
Undergraduate Minor in
Sociology

Courses

The 18-credit course work includes the required Introductory Sociology course, along with elective courses that you may choose to match your specific area of interest.

Convenient and Flexible

Each course is taught using a blend of web technology, print, and other media to maximize flexibility while maintaining teacher and student interaction. As a Penn State World Campus student, you have the opportunity to learn when and where it's most convenient for you.

Required Course (3 credits)

  • 3
    credits

    The nature and characteristics of human societies and social life.

    • GS

      This course can be used to satisfy the Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS) requirement.

Electives (select 15 credits)

At least 6 credits must be at the 400 level.

    • 3
      credits

      Explanations and measurement of crime; criminal law; characteristics of criminals and victims; violent, property, white-collar, organized, and sexual crimes.

    • or:
      3
      credits

      Explanations and measurement of crime; criminal law; characteristics of criminals and victims; violent, property, white-collar, organized, and sexual crimes.

  • 3
    credits

    Family structure and interaction; functions of the family as an institution; cross-cultural comparisons.

    • Note

      not currently available through World Campus

    • GS

      This course can be used to satisfy the Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS) requirement.

  • 3
    credits

    Introduction to the sociological study of aging.

  • 3–4
    credits

    Focuses on historical patterns and current status of racial, ethnic and cultural groups and issues locally, nationally, and internationally.

    • GS

      This course can be used to satisfy the Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS) requirement.

  • 3
    credits

    The study of social influence, leadership and status, and social cohesion and commitment processes in small groups.

  • 3
    credits

    Work and occupational life in modern society; work in the past, present, and future.

  • 3
    credits

    The role of gender in shaping contemporary North American patterns of employment, occupational roles, and statuses.

  • 3
    credits

    Law and Society studies the social origins of law and legal systems, occupational careers, and decision-making of legal officials.

Course Availability

If you're ready to see when your courses will be offered, visit our public LionPATH course search (opens in new window) to start planning ahead.